The Assembly and Association Briefing, Vol. 3 – February-March 2016

Is Democracy Funding Undemocratic? Funding Civic Engagement in an Era of Protest
March 31, 2016
Montenegro: Database of CSO Representatives in the State Working Groups to Increase Transparency and Civic Participation in Policy-Making
March 31, 2016

Issue No. 19 of the Assembly and Association Briefing, the newsletter of Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, has been published. In this issue, the UN rapporteurs provide a roadmap to avoid human rights violations during protests, whereas UN experts urge Western Australia not to pass anti-protest law. In the light of the fact that this year is marked by the celebration of 50 years of human rights through art and social media, UN Rapporteurs pinpoint that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are still not adopted by 29 and 33 states respectively. Moreover, the issue presents the freedom of association and assembly by the numbers and as in the world news. Apart from focusing on Special Rapporteurs news in brief for February and March 2016, this Issue also pays attention to the human rights defender Berta Cáceres which was murdered in Honduras, announces that the next UN General Assembly report will focus on labor issues and addresses the follow-up visit to the United Kingdom in April 2016. The newsletter is available for download here.
Source: UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai

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